The network of nationally recognized Multiple Sclerosis centers continues to grow throughout the United States. Recently, the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at University of Texas (UT) Medicine San Antonio was selected as the new Multiple Sclerosis Partner in Care, a recognition granted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The new award signifies that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society officially recognizes and supports the quality of the clinic, and will work to foster partnerships between MS clinics with the designation and the Society in order to offer advanced diagnosis and treatment for the disease, as well as internal physical therapy and occupational therapy to patients who suffer from MS.
“This is the first time in UT Health Science Center history that we have a dedicated Multiple Sclerosis Clinic,” said Rebecca Romero, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the UT Medicine neurologist who oversees the Multiple Sclerosis clinic. “We are very proud and excited about this achievement.”
Dr. Romero is part of a team of doctors, nurses, and support staff that oversee more than 300 MS patients at the clinic throughout the year, along with Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., UT Medicine neurologist and dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. Patients are regularly seen by doctors at the MedicalArts & Research Center (MARC), which also serves as the clinical home of UT Medicine San Antonio, as well as at the Robert B. Green Campus of University Health System. Together, these two facilities offer a robust clinical care community for those with Multiple Sclerosis.
The success of the University of Texas Medicine San Antonio Multiple Sclerosis clinic is just one of several major clinical practices that are connected to the UT Health Center San Antonio School of Medicine, which boasts more than 700 doctors on staff, and is currently the largest medical practice in all of Central and South Texas. In total, more than one hundred medical specialties and subspecialties are offered at University of Texas Medicine San Antonio.
Currently affecting approximately 2.3 million people worldwide and 300,000 people in the U.S. alone, Multiple Sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease that affects the central nervous system and can be unpredictable, making it difficult to treat. However, with the new Multiple Sclerosis Partner in Care designation at UT Health Center San Antonio School of Medicine, the effort to effectively treat MS will receive much-needed support, allowing UT Medicine San Antonio to continue to expand its ability to care for those with the disease.